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04 Jul 2012

howto build a smart aquaponics garden: (0)

You need a well thought out design, especially for the things you cannot see - the bacteria. That means correctly sized aquaculture components, proper mechanical and biological filtration, and sufficiently sized hydroponic garden. To cut a long design story short, we will be using a media based reciprocating system with...

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03 Jul 2012

One School One Garden

We start our new educational program on 7/15 with a school in Oakland and Guatemala.  As promised at 100 'likes' we would  explain how to build a smart aquaponics garden. We decided a fun way to dive further into smart garden design is through an educational program. This is only...

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30 Jun 2012

Wiring An Actuator Valve

Actuator valves run on 24 volts ac (alternative current) and are used to electro-mechanically move the 3-way valve which activates the indexing valve. Generally one has to flip the power to get motion in either direction. I use single pole double throw relays and open collectors within the Smart Controller...

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30 Jun 2012

Aquaponics Process Control

Another alternative to the common siphon and float switch configurations is to use indexing valves for multiple grow beds. These have one water inlet and multiple outlets. Water from the inlet only flows through one of the outlets. Which outlet depends on an index. Indexes rotate and are changed by...

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26 Jun 2012

the internet of food

It is not everyday we are truly amused with ourselves. I enjoyed reading Kristen's article on the  Internet Of Food. As a follow up I am considering blogging through the details of how to build a Smart Aquaponics Garden that I will start building in the next week or so....

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26 Jun 2012

using smart gardens for more than growing food

The micro computer on the smart aquaponic gardens is very powerful. We designed this so we could reuse it's extra power doing other things. That was how we won the solar hackathon. We basically added an extension module to the garden smart control that unobtrusively monitors and measures power usage...

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10 Jun 2012

best technical accomplishment

at the cleanweb solar hackathon ... very validating. for building the most end to end application ... from low level live sensory supervisory control and data acquisition to mobility. much respects to the members of team kijani grows solar. notice the card on the bottom. late night warriors ... worked...

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08 Jun 2012

occupying my friends office

It was raining heavily, windy and freezing. the man in his hut sheltered by the fireplace. 'knock knock knock' socking wet elephant said. “please may I warm my trunk in your hut i am drenched”. Sure said the man and he scooted over and elephant lay his trunk beside the...

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11 Apr 2012

green smart controller

electronics sensor enclosure ... actuators will be on separate power strip with built in relays. those are designed for driving gardens with heavier loads such as big pumps safely through isolation.      

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